DEARBORN (WWJ) – Every cage is full at the Dearborn Animal Shelter.

According to Elaine Greene, executive director of Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter, the facility is dealing with a dog over-crowding situation and needs to urgently find homes for some of its longer-term residents.

Greene says nearly half of dogs at the shelter have been there for at least 31 days.

Among them is 1-year-old “Buffy,” a playful, outgoing girl who loves people. She has one blue and one brown eye (like Max Scherzer!).

To help encourage adoptions of these longer term adoptable dogs, the shelter is offering a “50/50 special” for all dogs that have been at the shelter for 31 days or longer: A $50 adoption fee and a $50 voucher for the pet’s first veterinary visit.

All adoption fees include “sterilization, microchip, age appropriate vaccinations and lifetime of loyalty and tail wagging.” The 50/50 package offer will remain available effect until the shelter’s dog population returns to a manageable number.

[See adoptable dogs HERE].

The shelter is located at 2661 Greenfield in Dearborn. Shelter hours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Closed Sundays). [CLICK HERE for holidays hours].

For more information, to volunteer, or to donate, call the shelter at 313-943-2697 or visit

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